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Bouman: What To Look For In A Long-Term Care Policy

on November 20, 2015 - 2:53pm
Alpine Financial Partners

November is Long-Term Care awareness month. You may have read my last column on Understanding Long-Term Care. That in mind, I’d like to take you through the basics of what to look for in a Long-Term Care Policy. 

Confronting our own mortality is a difficult task in itself. Add to that the notion that we may need someone else to care for us at some point in our lives and it makes for a very difficult topic to broach.

The sooner the conversation begins the better off you will be. Age makes a difference in the cost of a long-term care policy.

Pamper Yourself On Small Business Saturday

on November 20, 2015 - 2:48pm


Shoppers can pamper themselves while they shop onSmall Business Saturday on Nov. 28. Chair massages will be available in the kiosk mall for weary shoppers who need a little relief from carrying packages and bags.

Black Mesa Massage will be offering $1 per minute chair massages, or free 10-minute massages with the purchase of a gift certificate. Christy O’Brien is offering her massage company’s services to support the business community and encourage residents to shop local.

Shoppers can find Black Mesa Massage in the kiosk mall, 170 Central Park Square, along with more than

Los Alamos Firefighters Knock Down House Fire

on November 20, 2015 - 12:42pm

Los Alamos firefighters knock down a vacant house fire overnight in the 3500 block of Ridgeway. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD fights a vacant house fire overnight in the 3500 block of  Ridgeway. Courtesy/LAFD

LAFD News:

At approximately 3 a.m., today, Los Alamos fire and police were dispatched to the 3500 block of Ridgeway for a reported house fire.

First responders arrived on scene to find a fully engulfed vacant home at that address.

REPORT: Governor’s REAL ID Proposal To ‘More Than Double’ Wait Times At MVD

on November 20, 2015 - 12:10pm

Imagine your worst MVD experience … now double it. Courtesy/ProgressNow New Mexico

ProgressNow New Mexico News:

  • New Mexicans Petition Governor & Legislative Leaders To Pass Simpler Bi-partisan Fix

MVD lines are about to get a lot longer if a driver’s license proposal supported by Gov. Susana Martinez passes the state legislature this January, a national report of state legislatures says.

According to a report from the non-partisan, non-profit National Council of State Legislatures:

“To comply with the requirement that all DL/ID (Driver’s license or identification) card holders re-verify

NEA-NM Applauds Game Commission Decision

on November 20, 2015 - 11:39am

NEA-NM News:

The New Mexico State Game Commission approved an easement agreement between the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the New Mexico State Land Office for hunting access on State Trust Lands.

The easement is for next year’s hunting season, and the Game Department will pay $1 million for access. The previous easement was only $200,000, which equates to just two cents per acre.

The additional $800,000 will benefit New Mexico’s public education – which is the primary beneficiary, receiving approximately 95 percent of the money collected by the Land Office.

“I congratulate

First Spaceport America Drone Summit March 11-13

on November 20, 2015 - 11:04am


Spaceport America – Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, announced today the launch of the first Spaceport America Drone Summit to be held March 11-13, 2016 at Spaceport America in Southern New Mexico.

“We are thrilled to host this exciting and educational summit for small drones at Spaceport America,” Spaceport America CEO Christine Anderson said. “Our 12,000-foot spaceway and north campus are perfect for this type of multifaceted event and can easily accommodate thousands of participants.”

Over 1,000 attendees are expected for

Philanthropy Behind The Scenes At Small Business Saturday

on November 20, 2015 - 10:49am


There is something truly unique about the observance of Small Business Saturday in Los Alamos.

While the doors are dinging with the arrival of more customers and cash registers are clicking, silently in the background a philanthropic effort is underway. American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need – getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

In Los Alamos, while people are shopping, the local businesses are setting aside a portion of their proceeds for

Eight Worlds To Explore In LALT’s ‘8x10’

on November 20, 2015 - 10:29am
Iain May (William), Dan Shields (Darrell) and Rose Corrigan (Alicia) in 'Night and Day.' Photo by Larry Gibbons

Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Little Theatre is performing its fifth edition of “8x10,” an evening of eight short plays, about 10 minutes long each. The plays come mainly from local and regional playwrights.

These tasty morsels pack a lot of punch into a few short minutes. Watching one-acts is a bit like reading poetry vs. reading a novel. Every word has to count. This makes for some great dialogue when it works.

Know The Signs Of A Gradual Heart Attack

on November 20, 2015 - 10:27am
Lori Coffelt, RN, CCCC
Los Alamos Medical Center Emergency Department Director
When you think of a heart attack, you probably imagine what you see in movies: a person suddenly clutching his or her chest in pain. But most heart attacks don’t happen that way, new research says. For more than half of heart attack patients, symptoms come on gradually.

Researchers studied nearly 900 people who had heart attacks. The findings, published in The Journal of Emergency Medicine, showed only 35 percent of them experienced sudden chest pain.

Cinema Cindy Reviews 'Steve Jobs'

on November 20, 2015 - 10:22am
By Cynthia Biddlecomb
Los Alamos

“Steve Jobs” is a film about the computing visionary of the same name during his turbulent years from 1984 to 1998. Professionally, this is the period from his development of the Macintosh computer, turning away from the Apple II, through his dismissal from Apple and founding of NeXT computing, into his rehire as CEO of Apple and the launch of the iMac. The successes of his succeeding years are left out.

Movie poster for 'Steve Jobs.' Courtesy Reel Deal Theater

The screenplay is brilliantly written by Aaron Sorkin (West Wing) and edited so that you are

Experience The Finest In Fiber Art At Valentina Devine’s ‘Fabulous Open House and Trunk Show’

on November 20, 2015 - 10:17am
Valentina Devine in her Los Alamos studio. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos Daily Post

“I have always knitted!” fiber artist Valentina Devine said. Devine was born in Russia and grew up in Germany, “I can remember knitting all sorts of things from doll clothes to small garments,” she said.

Devine came to Los Alamos 26 years ago from the Washington, D.C. area, where she became a life-time member of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Devine sold one-of-a-kind garments as well as wall hangings.

Varieties Of Attraction Explored In 'Night And Day'

on November 20, 2015 - 10:12am
Looking like the cat who swallowed the canary, Darrell (Dan Shields, center) has to explain things to William and Alicia (Iain May and Rose Corrigan). Photo by Zack Baker

LALT News:

Imagine a situation in which you had to team up with someone with whom you had only one thing in common. How would you do?

That’s a question director Iain May asks audiences to consider when watching “Night and Day,” being performed at the Los Alamos Little Theatre's “8x10’s Fifth Symphony.”

The final two performances of this production 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 and 21.

“Night and Day” was written by Alix Hudson and emerged

LAMC Welcomes New Orthopedic Surgeon Culley Christensen With Community Reception

on November 20, 2015 - 10:10am
Orthopedic Surgeon Culley Christensen, center, with some of his colleages at Tuesday’s reception in his honor. From left, Dr. Miguel Doozier, Dr. Jesse Knight, Dr. Salim Amrani and Dr. Melanie Pickering. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Dr. Culley Christensen talks with LAMC CEO Feliciano Jiron. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Staff Report

Los Alamos Medical Center has expanded medical services to include orthopedics.

Culley Christensen, MD has joined the medical staff and will be offering orthopedic surgical services to patients in Los Alamos and the surrounding

Letter To The Editor: Response To ‘I Say Keep Them All Out!’

on November 20, 2015 - 10:01am
Los Alamos

I'm not sure if I have ever read a more hateful, bigoted, or inaccurate piece of writing (letter) in my life (with the possible exception of some of the letters about Planned Parenthood in the Los Alamos Daily Post this summer).

There are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, a diverse a group of people as any on this planet. To paint them all as identical from knowing a handful in a single country is simply ridiculous, and Mr. Antos is resorting to stereotyping in the extreme.

To demonize all of Islam from a the writings of a handful of religious scholars and a


Annual Free YMCA Workout Thanksgiving Day

on November 20, 2015 - 9:24am

YMCA News:

It’s that time of year again; bring the relatives, friends and neighbors to the free Thanksgiving Day Workout at the Family YMCA for ages 13 and up. Doors open at 8:50 a.m. to the gymnasium.

There will be several different workout styles for all fitness levels. Be sure to hang around after the workout for some fun door prizes.

For more information, visit or call 505.662.3100.

How The Hen House Turns: Sentient Beings

on November 20, 2015 - 9:11am
How the Hen House Turns
Sentient Beings

As you may have noticed, in this column I tend to focus on animal awareness and street smarts (about humans (sometimes even about streets). Hence I took notice when I found Michael Shermer’s “Skeptic” article in the February Scientific American subtitled “A Moral Starting Point: How Science Can Inform ethics.”

As I struggled to find a positive way to speak in fiction about our iffy future, I took notice of  Shermer’s definition of the “moral starting point” as “the survival and flourishing of sentient beings.

Brown Mackie College & EDMC Schools To Forgive $632,000 In Loans Made To New Mexico Students

on November 20, 2015 - 9:08am
EDMC News:
ALBUQUERQUE  For-profit education company Education Management Corporation (EDMC) will significantly reform its recruiting and enrollment practices, and forgive more than $632,000 in loans for approximately 553 New Mexico former students, through a qui tam settlement with Attorney General Hector Balderas and a group of state attorneys general.
EDMC, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, operates 110 schools in 32 states and Canada through four education systems, including Argosy University, The Art Institutes, Brown Mackie College and South University.
EDMC operates a

This Week At The Reel Deal

on November 20, 2015 - 9:07am
Real Deal Theater

This Friday we are opening Hunger Games, Mockingjay, Part 2 and The Night Before. Spectre and The Peanut Movie will hold for another week. The Good Dinosaur will open on Wed, Nov. 25 and will replace Peanuts, which ends Nov. 24.  

Movie poster for 'Mockingjay Part 11.' Courtesy Real Deal Theater

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II: As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs

Rio Arriba Adult Literacy Program Needs ESL Tutors

on November 20, 2015 - 8:59am

Tutor and student. Courtesy photo


 Become an English-as-a-Second-Language tutor with the Rio Arriba Adult Literacy Program (RAALP).

You do not need to speak a foreign language to be an ESL tutor. Training, study materials, and on-going support provided. The next ESL tutor training is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 8 and 9 in Española.

Tutors make a volunteer commitment of two hours per week. Tutor-student pairs meet at any public place at a time convenient to them. RAALP has 25 new English learners from the area on the waiting list

For more information or to sign up, contact RAALP at


Los Alamos Symphony Holiday Concert Dec. 4

on November 20, 2015 - 8:57am

Teatro Paraguas Presents Festive Bilingual Evening

on November 20, 2015 - 8:16am

Theater News:

Teatro Paraguas will present a festive bilingual evening of live music, carols and comedy entitled A Musical Piñata for Christmas III for eight performances beginning Dec. 11. 

This production is the third annual holiday celebration at Teatro Paraguas.

TP’s musical director JoJo Sena de Tarnoff has formed an ensemble of musicians and actors ranging in age from 7 to 70. The evening will begin with a traditional Mexican version of Las Posadas, arranged by Thelma Arquello and Mario Reynolds, followed by traditional and contemporary Christmas carols in Spanish and English.

Gear Up For Sunday's Annual Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk & Turkey Trot

on November 20, 2015 - 8:08am
Runners participate in the 2014 Turkey Trot. File photo


More than 100 runners and walkers will begin a symbolic circuit on North Mesa, from the middle school to the stables and back, with the motto, “We walk because they walk” at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Millions of people around the world do not have water or food resources close at hand and must walk, sometimes miles a day, to bring nourishment to their families. They walk, so we walk in solidarity with them.

The 2015 CROP Hunger Walk and Turkey Trot is held each year to remember those who struggle to feed themselves or to find

County Reminds Motorists Of Winter Safety Tips

on November 20, 2015 - 7:54am


Winter weather is here, and the County would like to remind residents of some important safety considerations for motorists to take in order to make their travel as safe as possible.

Motorists are encour­aged to equip their vehi­cles with chains and/or snow tires and carry a con­tainer of sand and a shovel in their vehicle. Barrels of sand for public use are placed at locations that historically become icy and slick during storms, including:

  • San Ildefonso South at both ends of the guardrail;
  • North Mesa Road east of the roundabout;
  • Near the end of 37th Street off of Diamond

Letter To The Editor: Response To Insensitive Comments About Turkish People

on November 20, 2015 - 7:09am
Los Alamos

I’m writing in response to Gerald's (Antos) letter about refugees where he takes the liberty to meander off the main topic and make insensitive comments about Turkish people.

In his letter, he draws from his personal experience to more or less insinuate that Turks are religious fanatics looking for handouts, and act irrationally when they don’t get what they want. This is very unfortunate since the topic was about the plight of refugees and not Turkish people.

The last time I checked, there were refugees looking to settle in Turkey, and not the other way


Los Alamos Technology Gains National Backing

on November 19, 2015 - 1:16pm

Descartes Labs artificial intelligence can race through mountains of data and read a landscape in seconds. An early emphasis for this technology is in evaluating and predicting agricultural output, like these irrigated fields near Roswell. Courtesy/2015 NASA/LANDSAT


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos pixels and Los Alamos dots were both riding high this week.

Descartes Labs, Inc., a one-year-old company specializing in satellite imagery recognition and analysis, announced Tuesday that it had raised $5 million in a venture capital round, thanks to a group of investors